INTERTANKO submits paper to MSC 82 regarding lifeboat inspection

At the 14th session of the IMO Flag State Implementation Sub-committee (FSI 14) in June 2006 the members of IMO were invited to submit their recommendations and proposals on which parts of MSC.1/Circ.1206 should or should not become mandatory under the SOLAS convention.


After discussion and agreement at the INTERTANKO Safety, Technical and Environmental Committee (ISTEC), INTERTANKO and INTERCARGO made a submission MSC 82.10.11 to the 82nd session of the Marine Safety Committee (MSC 82) regarding lifeboats and MSC.1/Circ.1206.


This document outlines the various negative experiences which both INTERTANKO's and INTERCARGO’s members have had in striving to comply with MSC.1/Circ.1206, and invites the Committee to take note of them.


To date documents on this subject have also been submitted by the United Kingdom, United States, Republic of Korea, International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) and International Chamber of Shipping (ICS).


In the United Kingdom's submission it is proposed that, for a transitional period, the whole of the circular should be maintained as a non-mandatory instrument, to allow companies, ships' crews and service providers to develop procedures and protocols for the servicing and maintenance of lifeboat systems. This period will also allow Administrations and Recognised Organisations the opportunity to monitor the effectiveness and quality of the service provided.


The INTERTANKO and INTERCARGO submission supports the proposal by United Kingdom.


Click here for further background and information on the circular.


Contact: Fredrik Larsson